Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

No image available

The Heart of the Matter

No cover image available

The Heart of the Matter

by Greene, Graham

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • First
Very Good/No Jacket
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Item Price:
$4.50 shipping to USA
Standard Delivery: 7 to 14 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

New York: The Viking Press, 1948. Roan and beige book with minor rubbing, bumping, and soiling to book, some moderate rubbing to the head and heel of spine, and the previous owner's bookplate is tipped to the front pastedown.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Limited Edition.


Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter, set in an unnamed West African colony towards the end of World War II, is loosely based on the author’s own experience as a British intelligence officer in Sierra Leone. The novel’s protagonist, Henry Scobie, struggles to make his miserable wife happy. In the process, Scobie begins to wonder if any individual can truly make another happy, resulting in a life-changing moral crisis. The Heart of the Matter, an insightful exploration of pity, suffering, religion, and responsibility, quickly became extremely popular, having sold more than 300,000 copies upon publication. The novel was critically acclaimed and received many favorable reviews. In 1948, The Heart of the Matter was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and it was shortlisted for the Best of the James Tait Black awardees in 2012. The novel is ranked 40th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and is also listed on TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

Read more: Identifying first editions of The Heart of the Matter


Review this book and you'll be entered for a chance to win $50!

(Log-in or create an account first!)

You're rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Walter Trach, Bookseller US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
The Heart of the Matter
Greene, Graham
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
No Jacket
First Edition
The Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date published

Terms of Sale

Walter Trach, Bookseller

Prices net in US dollars, postage extra. Items are returnable within two weeks of receipt. Please notify us in advance of returns. Orders are shipped promptly. Other shipping options may be selected by purchaser. International shipping may require additional charges. Heavier items and sets will be quoted.

About the Seller

Walter Trach, Bookseller

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since: 2003
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Ask Seller a Question


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...[more]
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...[more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
The lower most portion of the spine when the book is standing vertically.
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.

Frequently Asked Questions

This Book’s Categories